Updated statement on the fire at Clandon Park

Clandon Park image

Image credit John Jones

 

Speaking from the site of the blaze, the National Trust’s Director General, Helen Ghosh, said:

“The fire is now out but the scale of the damage to the mansion has been devastating. The house is now essentially a shell, most of the roof, ceiling and floors have collapsed into the bottom of the building.

“There is perhaps one room that is relatively untouched but, other than that, the interior is extensively damaged. The external walls are still standing.

“It’s a terrible sight. We have saved some significant items but certainly not everything that we wanted to save.

“We have a very well-rehearsed plan to get key items out of houses but it’s still too early to say just how much we have been able to save.

“It will clearly take some time to assess the full scale of the damage and to then consider what the options are for the house.

“The most important thing is that no-one was injured and everyone was safely evacuated. Although I’m upset by what has happened, I also feel huge pride at the tremendous work of our staff and volunteers in dealing with this terrible event. The local team have had marvellous support from colleagues from neighbouring properties and specialists from across the Trust.

“We’ve also had a large number of messages of support from members and the public – which we truly appreciate.

“I would also like to thank the amazing efforts of the fire brigade. We’ll continue to work closely with them over the coming days.”

We’re asking our supporters not to visit Clandon Park at this time to offer help as the incident is still being managed on site, and a fire investigation is underway.

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Head for the hills – are ewe the right person for this one-off shepherding opportunity?

The National Trust is looking for a second shepherd to support an innovative conservation project in the foothills of Snowdon in North Wales.

Herding the sheep on the mountains above Hafod Y Llan. Credit Joe Cornish

Herding the sheep on the mountains above Hafod Y Llan. Credit Joe Cornish

The conservation charity’s in-hand farm, Hafod-y-Llan, manages 1600 Welsh Mountain sheep and every day between May and September, some of the flock is shepherded to new grazing areas away from any sensitive mountain habitats such as upland heaths and flushes (wet, boggy areas), in a bid to improve plant diversity on areas of the mountain.

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Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel wins Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015

Farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel has been awarded the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field – his lyrical account of a year in the life of a farmland meadow.

Thwaites Wainwright Prize winner

“A magnificent love letter to the natural world, full of wisdom and experience, written with wit, poetry and love. I want to scream from the rooftops: buy it, give it, read it” – Tim Smit, The Eden Project

Worth £5,000, the annual book prize is awarded by publishers Frances Lincoln, in association with the National Trust, to spotlight the best books in UK nature and travel writing.

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National Trust’s first garden centre opens

The National Trust’s first garden centre at Morden Hall Park will officially open on Saturday 9 May.

The 5,000 square metre garden centre is the only outlet in the UK to be completely peat free, selling a range of plants and shrubs in line with the conservation charity’s principles.

The National Trust's new garden centre at Morden Hall Park in South London.  Credit Sophia Schorr-Kon

The National Trust’s new garden centre at Morden Hall Park in South London. Credit Sophia Schorr-Kon

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Marine Conservation Zones – Tranche 2

Lundy Island

The waters around Lundy Island became England’s first Marine Conservation Zone in 2010.

 

Here is the National Trust’s response to the Government’s consultation on designating 23 new Marine Conservation Zones off the English coast: MCZ 2nd tranche Consultation NT response

The Trust is calling for the designation of all 23 candidates MCZs.

If you would like to submit your own response to the consultation, you can do so using this handy template provided by the Marine Conservation Society:  http://www.mcsuk.org/mpa/consultation

But hurry, the consultation closes on Friday!

Mount Stewart celebrates completion of £8m restoration

Mount Stewart, on the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland opens today after a three year, £8million restoration project sees this grand house returned to its former glory.

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart. Credit Elaine Hill

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart. Credit Elaine Hill

Visitors to the National Trust landmark can now enjoy the reinvigorated and re-decorated house with previously unopened rooms including the butler’s silver store and billiard room. Continue reading

On the hunt for wild words

We’re going on a newt hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.

Newt. One of the words taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary nearly eight years ago. Along with Acorn, Sycamore and 110 other words about nature and the countryside.

These are words disappearing from children’s lives. The National Trust, as one of the founder members of The Wild Network, is supporting the organisation in its new campaign to ‘reclaim’ the wild words which have been dropped.

Help us stop our 'wild' words from disappearing

Help us stop our ‘wild’ words from disappearing

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